Thursday, 15 November 2018

Israel daylight saving time. Summer & winter time

Daylight saving time for Israel. Updates for 2018. Don't oversleep!

Hebrew:שעון קיץ ושעון חורף

israel daylight saving time

In Israel, daylight saving time (DST) or Summer Time commences on the Friday before the last Sunday of March when clocks are advanced by one hour.  Daylight saving time comes to an end on the last Sunday of October, when clocks are set back, by one hour.  This is known as Winter Time.

anglo services large 468X80Up until 2013, the exact dates of the DST period was established annually according to the Jewish calendar and High Festival dates. Much haggling between the various political parties went on until a decision was finally made. 

In 2012 a bill was passed to the effect that the daylight saving hours would be extended and standardized.  Israel Daylight Saving is now set to begin on the Friday before the last Sunday of March, and ends on the last Sunday of October.

Daylight saving time in Israel begins and ends

Year Summer Time Begins Summer Time Ends
2014 March 28 October 26
2015 March 27 October 27
2016 March 25 October 30
2017 March 24 October 29
2018 March 23 October 28
2019 March 29 October 27
2020 March 27 October 25

 

There are now a total of  between 212 - 219 daylight saving days per year in Israel.

Instructions for updating the time zone on your mobile phone for DST

 

Some facts about daylight saving time?

  • Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada was the first location to use DST in 1908. 
  • Germany was the first country to introduce DST; clocks were advanced by 1 hour on April 30, 1916. The rationale was to minimize the use of artificial lighting in order to save fuel for the war effort during World War I.  The idea was quickly followed by many of the European countries. However, they reverted back to standard time after World War I.  It wasn't until World War II that DST made its return in most of Europe and in Israel.

 

Israel facts, figures & information